Monday, March 17, 2014

Recap of 2014 International Women's Day broadcasts

Last Saturday, March 8, Stutter Social celebrated International Women's Day 2014 with a series of broadcasts about stuttering experiences among women in partnership with the International Stuttering Association.

Many great conversations took place, thanks to our moderators - Anita "Scatsis" Blom, Pamela Mertz and Annie Bradberry - as well as our panelists and viewers. Topics ranged from how women who stutter deal with being respected in the workplace (given the rise of women in increasingly visible leadership roles), to romance and how perceptions of stuttering may differ among men and women.

All three broadcasts are embedded below and available on our YouTube channel. Please feel free to post any questions or comments you may have. International Women's Day 2014 may be behind us, but the conversations can continue!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Celebrating International Women's Day with discussion about women and stuttering

In partnership with the International Stuttering Association, Stutter Social will be celebrating International Women's Day with three special Hangouts on Air to be live streamed on YouTube on Saturday, March 8, 2014. In honour of the special day, topics will cover the woman's experiences with stuttering.

It is said that 1% of the world's population stutters and 1 in 5 people who stutter are women. The three Hangouts, which will feature a panel of participants, will be facilitated by Stutter Social hosts, Annie Bradberry, Pamela Mertz and Anita Blom. Each of them are prominent leaders in the worldwide stuttering community and have overcome their personal challenges with growing up stuttering.

The Hangouts on Air will be an hour long and will take place at various times throughout the day at the following times:
  • 3 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco) hosted by Annie Bradberry
  • 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (New York) hosted by Pamela Mertz
  • 3 p.m. Central European Time (Stockholm, Sweden) hosted by Anita Blom
We’ll be chatting about stuttering experiences among women and fielding questions from viewers. While the Hangouts will only be available to panelists, we invite anyone watching on YouTube to share their questions and comments on the YouTube page, Facebook or Twitter (with the #pwschat hashtag). We hope you can celebrate International Women’s Day with us!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Being A Stutter Social Host

Stutter Social host, Pam Mertz, originally published this post on her blog, Make Room For The Stuttering.

When I was asked to be a Stutter Social Hangout host last July, I figured it would be something I’d try and do for about three months. I wasn’t sure I would like it and I also wasn’t sure if I could make the commitment to host every other week.

I’ve been hosting since August and find that I really like it. In fact, I find myself looking forward to it when my turn to host rolls around.

For those of you unsure what a Hangout is, here’s a quick description.

The Hangouts run through Google + Hangout software, which is free and easy to download. Using a computer or mobile device equipped with a microphone and some type of camera device, up to 10 people can meet up in a video conference and have a conversation about anything and everything.

It’s like having a support group that you don’t have to drive to. You can “hangout” from the comfort of your own home, car, office or where ever you are, and dress casually too. You can even wear your pajamas!

I like the diversity of people that come into the hangout sessions. In some of my hangouts, I’ve had people from as many as 6 different countries hanging out and talking at one time. We talk about stuttering, and lots of other things. Sometimes we don’t talk about stuttering at all.

But everybody stutters and everybody feels comfortable stuttering. It’s a safe and supportive environment to talk with other people. And you can come in to the group when you can, and leave when you have to. It’s a wonderful sense of support and camaraderie, among people who “get it.”

If you’re interested, visit the Stutter Social website for a calendar of when hangouts are held during the week.

I host every other Sunday, from 7:30-9:00pm, EDT. I host this Sunday. I’d love to see you there. It’s a great experience.